Which Fence-Tester Should I Acquire?

Look what those deer did. Those are Hosta, inoffensive perennial plants getting all ready to send up their yearly offering of lovely spikes of lovely bell-shaped flowers, all to bow gracefully in the summer breezes, except oh no! demons/aka whitetail deer struck in the gloaming, or at night, or anyway when we could not be looking. Right there on the lawn they ate my plantings!

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Source Code for Imperial Model is Found to be in FORTRAN; OMG

In 1969 my brother spent half his time listening to Janis Joplin, and the other half learning FORTRAN with his high-school special class held at U of Buffalo. I have a strong impression of the relative antiquity of that programming language.

Now the source code of UK’s Imperial Model has come under discussion in the public prints, as Jeeves would say. John Hinderaker posted on Powerline,  excerpting from Richards and Boudnik in The Telegraph.  Telegraph commentary also comes from Ridley and Davis.... [Read More]

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“Calomel” as Lockdown Breakdown

In their day the Hutchinson Family Singers of New Hampshire satirized certain medical authorities as doing more harm than good to large numbers of Americans. They took a popular hymn, Old Hundred, and created lyrics for the purpose. The New Hutchinson Singers of the Eastman School of Music recorded this a cappella arrangement in 1976.

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“Get Off the Track!”

“Manchester Valley,” Joseph Pickett (1848-1918)

While Tom Steyer, as we learn in Joe Malchow’s excellent interview, perfects his agenda as newly-appointed head of Newsom’s task force on “re-opening” the California economy, protests at City Hall around the Golden State are scheduled for tomorrow. It all reminds me of this song, from 1840s New Hampshire.

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Today Only – Met Stars Sing from their Homes and Zoom It

A friend just sent word that “until early evening” today (Sunday) EST, the Met four-hour fundraiser will stream for free. It features the singers performing everybody’s favorite bits from their homes to the interwebs.

It’s such fun! Of course it’s always fun to visit other peoples’ living rooms. The singers are having fun too, obviously. In one case the improvised accompaniment was a great big beautiful accordion. I am just going through this now, and already thinking that this is way more enjoyable than pounding pavement to get to some opera house.... [Read More]

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Contest! Do the Right People Care About You in This Crisis?

As of today, I have received email messages from the following, assuring me that my health and well-being, the well-being of everybody I love, including the dogs and cats, is the tippety-top thing on their minds; that they are totally committed to doing their part to ensure whatever; that the foremost thoughts of all on their teams is guarding me from contagion:

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Never Mind Cameras; What is This Airplane?

Dad was in OSS in China in 1945.  At debriefing in D.C. immediately post-war, Donovan ordered them all not to talk. (I have that letter now.)  So he didn’t talk, just bore with his memories in silence.  The exceptions were a brief outline of the tale, and a scrapbook of photos that we looked at often, but never were taught details about what we saw.... [Read More]

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Chopin, Home for Christmas, If Only in His Dreams

Lulajże, Jezuniu, “Lullaby, Little Jesus” is a traditional Polish Christmas carol dating from the nineteenth century, or who knows, perhaps earlier. Here is a lyric in original and in translation; very homey, yes?

Lulajże Jezuniu, moja Perełko,
Lulaj ulubione me Pieścidełko.
Lulajże Jezuniu, lulaj, że lulaj
A ty go matulu w płaczu utulaj

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